Design Fixation: Easy DIY Gold Starburst Mirror

10/9/15

Easy DIY Gold Starburst Mirror


In keeping with my post from last week, today I'm going to share an original tutorial with you. Click through to find out which mirror I made from the photo above, and how to make one yourself! It probably took me about a half hour to assemble, not including drying time. In other words, it's easy.




Fun, right?! I had never thought of using clothespins for something like this, but the second I did, they seemed so obvious. Let's get started.


Here's what you'll need for the project:

- 20 wooden clothespins
- 6" beveled edge mirror
- Gold spray paint
- Wire
- Pliers with a cutter
- E6000 glue
- A hot glue gun


1. Begin by spray painting your clothespins gold. Do one thin coat, and then flip them and paint the other side. Wood usually sucks up spray paint so they may need a second coat on each side.


2. Next you'll make the hanger for the back. Cut a 6" piece of wire and twist each end into a little ball (shown above) so the glue that you'll use in the next step has something to grab onto.


3. Use the glue gun to adhere the wire to the back of the mirror on both ends. The glue gun works best for this application, so don't even try to do it with the E6000. Trust me. I learned the hard way. And it's okay if it's messy (see next photo). 


4. Next, run a thick line of E6000 around the edge of the mirror. And be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area - this stuff is intense.


5. Start clipping your clothespins to the perimeter of the mirror. I intentionally chose E6000 for this part because you can move the pins around for a few minutes before it dries. Shift them around so they are evenly spaced. Add more glue and finish attaching the rest onto the mirror.


And that's it, you're done! Now just let it dry overnight and you'll be ready to hang it on the wall the next day. 


I recommend grouping it with a handful of other gold mirrors to try the mirror gallery wall trend that's so hot these days. You can see my mirror gallery wall that I made in our entryway in the top photo. I'll pretend that I started the trend ;)


I happen to be partial to gold, but I think this piece would look just as lovely with a bright, saturated spray paint color too. Give it a try and let me know how it turns out. Happy crafting friends!


Sorry that my camera's depth of field doesn't hide the fact that I'm wearing a hoodie. Apparently I couldn't be bothered to put on a real shirt. 



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